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Steve Daines joins the carbon reduction bandwagon! Wait a minute…

No sooner did we get the exciting news from Paris about the international climate agreement than my good friend Steve Daines sent me an invitation to attend the third annual Montana Energy Conference in Billings on March 30-31. According to Senator Daines, it’s an opportunity to “continue the discussion on state and national energy opportunities and provide an all-encompassing look at Montana’s energy potential.”

I was really excited to see that our junior Senator has jumped on the bandwagon to transition Montana’s energy portfolio from fossil fuels to clean energy. This kind of leadership is exactly what’s required to help us meet the treaty’s ambitious goals for reducing carbon emissions.

I went over to the event web site, where I discovered that the conference will have a “fresh new look and perspective,” and that “energy professionals, policy and decision makers at all levels” will take “an all-encompassing look at Montana’s energy potential.”

This is exactly what we need!

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Action Alert: Your voice is needed to put strong Montana setback rules into place

Montana currently has no setback requirements that require many distances between wellheads and occupied dwellings or water sources. Your voice is needed to tell the Montana Board of Oil and Gas that it is time to protect Montana citizens. Continue reading

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Guest Post: Why Silvertip landowners filed suit against the Carbon County Commissioners

by Bonnie Martinell I am one of a group of Belfry landowners who recently filed suit against the Carbon County Commissioners to vindicate our right to protect our property, health, and livelihoods through local action. On February 13, seven landowners … Continue reading

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Good news from Carbon County. Silvertip landowners resubmit citizen initiated zoning petition to County Commissioners, plus Belfry well timeline

Exciting news today from Carbon County. The landowners in the Silvertip Zone resubmitted their petition to the County Commissioners to establish a citizen initiated zone in Belfry yesterday. Landowners had originally submitted a petition to the Commissioners on August 18, … Continue reading

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A don’t miss event: see Helen Slottje in Billings this Saturday

If you can, take advantage of the opportunity this weekend to see one of the great heroes of the fight for citizen rights against unregulated oil and gas drilling. She’s Helen Slottje, an upstate New York attorney who is the … Continue reading

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Repost: A visit to the front in the war against rural America

Last week I took advantage of the beautiful Montana spring weather to drive over to Belfry. There I could see for myself the site of the well recently permitted by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC). It … Continue reading

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Belfry well: new developments

Some interesting events have been taking place at the Hunt’s Creek 1-H well in Belfry over the last few days. Energy Corporation of America (ECA) has taken down the well structure at the site. They began dismantling the structure last week … Continue reading

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Action Alert: We need your help

Those of you who follow this blog know that a group of local citizens has been working closely with the Carbon County Resource Council and the Stillwater Protective Association to preserve our environment, economy and way of life from the damage we … Continue reading

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Action update: Illegal water use stopped at Belfry well site

Great news today from the Northern Plains Resource Council (NPRC). Water stealing from the gravel pit at the well site in Belfry has been stopped by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). The agency has informed the … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation

The Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) is not serving the needs of the people of the state and is in need of substantive reform. The current BOGC model may have worked better back in history when mineral extraction … Continue reading

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